If you’ve ever wondered what the genocide of Indigenous people was like in the Americas hundreds of years ago, I have news for you. You’re witnessing it right now in Palestine as we empower the same tactics and behavior.

At the end of the day, the mental gymnastics it takes to try and convince people that those being colonized (exterminated) are the bad guys is the same garbage that was used against Indigenous tribes across North America and Latin American and African nations until today.

Yes, it’s still happening.

The U.S. went all out in brutalizing every tribe on the continent and when those being slaughtered tried to defend themselves, they were called “savages” and “terrorists’“ as if the savages weren’t the people doing the betraying and killing to steal land and resources.

If you haven’t made that obvious connection yet, I can only assume it’s because you don’t want to. The sad part is that nothing has changed since the earliest days of colonization. The U.S. has maintained that war path for centuries. You don’t hear about it because legacy news media doesn’t tell you about it. That’s intentional too.

What Israel is doing, including claiming to be the “chosen” people, is the same as using “manifest destiny” to justify slaughtering millions all over the West.

Hiding behind religion to steal land and resources and acting as if they’re entitled to take it all away while slaughtering millions has never stopped. The U.S. and its allies are neocolonialist nations.

There’s not much more to it than that. The powers that be would like to make you think there is. But their Islamophobia and anti-Arab sentiments don’t justify their behavior. We see it because we’re not bigots like them. That’s what they hate. It’s not only that we see the truth of what they do.

It’s that they don’t know how to counter it because all U.S. propaganda is based on bigotry. They try to make you hate entire populations so they can manufacture consent to slaughter innocent civilians on their quest for global dominance over resources.

You can argue with me about this but U.S. history speaks for itself and in the proper context, it is today what it was back then. So stop wondering why most Latinos, Black people, and Indigenous people stand with Palestine. It’s really not that complicated.

Have you seen what the U.S. has done to us, our homelands, our people, and how people in the U.S. see us? Your government did it to us too. What did you think? That we were all gonna turn into white nationalist supporters after all that?

Miss us with that nonsense.

On Memorial Day, I remember the dead in the same context that most soldiers remember their brethren: As being betrayed by leaders who convinced them that Black and brown people are the bad guys just because they said so.

It’s as shameful and embarrassing today as it was in history.

Respect to those that were lost. I’m sorry our country failed you.

[*This article was inspired by a social media post on Memorial Day]

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Arturo Dominguez

Arturo is an anti-racist political nerd. He is an upcoming author, journalist, advocate for social justice, and a married father of three. He is a top writer on Medium and a regular contributor to several news media outlets. He writes educational and informative material about systemic racism, white supremacy, and racial injustice.

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